The Body is a Clear Place is a collection of ten intelligent, lyrical essays that serve as a testament to Erick Hawkins' long career in dance. The last two essays were written especially for this volume while the first eight essays were collected from speeches, statements and articles Hawkins has written. The essays are framed by a foreword written by Alan Kriegsman.
Essay titles are: The Rite in Theatre; Theatre Structure for a New Dance Poetry; Modern Dance as a Voyage of Discovery; Questions and Answers; The Body is a Clear Place; My Love Affair with Music; Inmost Heaven, or The Normative Ideal; Dance as a Metaphor of Existence; The Principle of a Thing; Art in Its Second Function.
Accompanying the text is a photo section illuminating Hawkins' work as a dancer and choreographer from his early years on. He has created an aesthetic of movement based on the notions that art can exist both for its own sake and as a means towards deeper enlightenment; that dance is a metaphor for existence; that all body movement contributes to the moment-to-moment wonder of living.
Philosopher, experienced performer and pithy observer of the American modern dance scene, this elder spokesman for modern dance-who Anna Kisselgoff calls "the poet of modern dance"-challenges us to revolutionize our responses to movement and dance. Includes 12 illustrations.
Princeton Book Company; December 2004
- ISBN 9780871272713
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- Title: The Body Is a Clear Place
- Author: Erick Hawkins
Imprint: Princeton Book Company
In The Press
"Those who have been privileged to see Erick Hawkins dance will recognize in his writings the same qualities of granitic strength, impassioned conviction and clear-eyed certitude of purpose, as well as an occasional ornery streak, that ennoble his performances." Alan Kriegsman, dance critic, Washington Post
About The Author
Erick Hawkins has been an unprecedented collaborator with contemporary artists, composers and designers such as Lucia Dlugoszewski, Ralph Dorazio, Helen Frankenthaler, Ralph Lee and Isamu Noguchi. Among his many awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship (1978), the Dance Magazine Award (1983) and the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (1988) for lifetime achievement in modern dance. His best-known works include Here and Now with Watchers, 8 Clear Places, God's Angry Many and Killer of Enemies.